un·​an·​swer·​able | \ ˌən-ˈan(t)s-rə-bəl, -ˈan(t)-sə- How to pronounce unanswerable (audio) \

Definition of unanswerable

: not capable of being answered also : irrefutable

Other Words from unanswerable

unanswerability \ ˌən-​ˌan(t)s-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , -​ˌan(t)-​sə-​ How to pronounce unanswerable (audio) \ noun
unanswerably \ ˌən-​ˈan(t)s-​rə-​blē , -​ˈan(t)-​sə-​ How to pronounce unanswerable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unanswerable in a Sentence

the unanswerable assertion that she didn't know much about art but she knew what she liked
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First Known Use of unanswerable

1613, in the meaning defined above

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“Unanswerable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unanswerable. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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